The Green Valley Blues Day
July 27 2013
Artists appearing at the Green Valley Blues Day 2013
With millions of album sales and concert attendances worldwide, Wishbone Ash’s heritage as one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts is assured. Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music's best loved works and influence numerous successful bands. Wishbone Ash would become synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.
As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound.
Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up. Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash features guitarists Ray Hatfield and Danny Willson, and drummer Dave Wagstaffe and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.
Blues Boy Dan Owen
‘Blues Boy’ Dan Owen is a young singer-songwriter from Shrewsbury who performs ‘rootsy’ blues infected songs on guitar with the help of his home made ‘stomp box’ and occasional harmonica.
A you-tube video performance of Dan singing Bob Dylans’ ‘ Ballad of Hollis Brown’ attracted the attention of Mick Fleetwood who has taken Dan under his wing as a ‘mentor’ for this young artist. The video has now had over 400,000 hits on YouTube
April 2013 saw Dan recording in Nashville with grammy winning producer Vance Powel. He said: “It’s weird how it all happened. I got on a plane for the first time last week and was in Nashville which is an amazing place. We went to Willy Nelson’s 80th birthday party with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and Nora Jones, some amazing people that I have known to watch but then got to see them in front of me.
Dan played guitar and sung the Willy Nelson song Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die at the end of the party. He was also invited to play the song on the Andrew Marr programme and is also taking to the road with ZZ-Top as an opening act for their European dates. Dan will also perform at Glastonbury among other festivals and release his first recordings on ‘BluesBoy Recs’
Pat Grover & The Hawks
Pat Grover, a real British bluesman, arrived on the London scene from Newcastle way back in 1969, and through Simon Praeger and Steve Rye appeared with Stackhouse Blues Band on The Mike Raven Show and The Alexis Korner Show, both forerunners to the Paul Jones Show.
Featured on the CD ‘A History of UK Blues and R&B 1955 – 2001’, Pat has not only played in such historical venues as Studio 51, The Marquee Club and The 100 Club but has also toured and gigged with Blues Legends Lightnin’ Slim, Whispering Smith, J. B. Hutto & The Hawks, Eddie ‘Guitar’ Burns, Gene ’Mighty Flea’ Connors, Snooky Prior, Doctor Ross, Eddie Taylor, Boogie Woogie Red, Sunnyland Slim, Champion Jack Dupree and Arthur Crudup. Longstanding guitarist with the Johnny Mars Band, he toured Europe in the early ‘70s and during 1980 – 82 toured and recorded on Appaloosa Records with both blues maestro Gordon Smith and Helen Watson. His current band, Pat Grover & The Hawks, have been together since 2008.
Sicknote Steve recreates the authentic sound of the original hobo bluesman. No technical trickery here -the authentic guitar paying skills and vocals of Sicknote Steve invoke the atmosphere of the Mississippi Delta as he slides and stomps his way through the Seasick songbook.
To audiences in the South West and Wales, the familiar bearded figure of hobo bluesman Sicknote Steve has become synonomous with a a great session of the blues. bringing with him the music of Grammy Award winning Seasick Steve.
A great favourite at many events at the Green Valley and The Acoustic Festival of Britain.
Cardiff-based Steve Garrett has 'cooked' musically with many different flavourings over the years. As ‘Stainless Steve’ he returns to his radical musical roots to create wryly observant songs for our times which aim to amuse, entertain, inform and intrigue. Stainless' Steve's many years of musical experiences (including some he'd probably rather forget!) bear fruit in his current batch of wryly observant original songs about some of the big issues of our time - from global warming to modern relationships. Steve makes audiences think about things in new ways, while managing to intrigue and entertain with a heady mix of original Blues, Folk and Jazz - interspersed with interpretations of some great songs from the likes of Richard Thompson, Mose Alison and John Martyn. Steve has racked up some great reviews in 2011 at some top venues and festivals, most recently the Beyond The Border Festival (one of Europe's largest storytelling events), the Brecon Jazz Festival - and he was a big hit on the main stage at last year's Cardiff Bay Jazz Festival. http://www.stainless-steve.me.uk/